Since the perpetually young 44-year-old Rahul Gandhi was caught snoozing, hold on, let's not call it that, he was only closing his eyes, resting his neck, allowing his cheek muscles to go slack, and yawning, the Congress leadership has had to deal with its first controversy in its new, powerless state.
Its leaders, who can usually be relied upon to ram their feet into their mouths, initially showed some promise, with the following howlers:
Praful Patel did his version of if-a-tree-falls-in-a-forest-and-no-one-hears-it-fall-does-it-make-a-sound, with this gem: "Just because people close their eyes in Parliament doesn't mean they are sleeping."
He was outdone by Rajiv Shukla, who theorised that Rahul Gandhi was shutting his eyes and listening to the debate very carefully, and then posited that Vajpayee used to do the same.
And then, Abhishek Manu Singhvi contradicted himself in trademark style; first denying that Rahul Gandhi napped, and then bringing up the fact that HD Deve Gowda used to nap regularly on the dais.
I'm fairly sure the UPA, which is otherwise unoccupied for the moment, will come up with more howlers, but here are a few to aid their cause: